Life can put many roadblocks in our way. But as people, as humans, we can triumph past these obstacles and live a limitless life. Our host, Moneeka Sawyer is joined in this episode by content director, affiliate manager, and car-crash survivor, Donavon Hunteman. Donavon shares his life journey, triumphing over the physical limitations caused by a car crash, and what he learned he can do. Donavon also shares his four key principles that helped him recover and connect with people.
I am so excited to welcome to the show my friend, Donavon Hunteman. As a car crash survivor which left Donavon with chronic pain for more than a decade, he chose to live a limitless life. In a short time, Donavon has interviewed many influencers including one of my favorites, Dr. Joe Vitale, from the movie, The Secret. He hangs out with Forbes Riley, a $2.5 billion cohost of the Home Shopping Network and many high caliber influencers. He has shared the stage with Henry Gold, Peter Wolfing, James Neville-Taylor to name a few. At a very young age, he served as the Content Director for Limitless Nation TV which is where I met him. Donavon lives his life based on the principle of serving. It is also the reason why his partners and clients love, respect and are willing to do whatever it takes to work with him. Donavon, welcome to the show.
Thank you so much for having me here. I’m so excited.
Ladies, to give you a little perspective on how I met Donavon, I joined a program called something like Limitless Life with one of Donavon’s partners. One of the things that I got with that was I got to be on their show at LimitlessNationTV. We set up the interview. Finally, I meet this guy, the host. He’s Donavon Hunteman. He’s young and hip. It was one of the best interviews of my life. I felt so connected. His heart for service was there in so many ways. I wanted to share him with you. Part of what we connected on was both of us are car crash survivors. For me, I had a horrible car crash. I was a professional world-class dancer at the time. It took away my legs. They wanted to put me in a chair. I was a cripple for two years and didn’t recover for about ten. His and my story are so similar. I wanted him here to inspire you and show you what’s possible no matter what. Donavon, I’m so excited to share your story.
I’m excited to share with your audience and to be able to be around limitless people like yourself.
Tell us all about you. I want to know what happened.
A little bit of a backstory is the way I am now is nowhere near what I was before. When I was younger, I was raised with a lot of discipline. It wasn’t always an optional thing. Some people are told to go clean up the room. Me, it was clean up your room or get spanked. There were discipline and rules. It worked great until it didn’t because about 13 or 14, those are the rebellious years to some people, at least for me, it was. I changed my hairstyle into that of a mohawk, 12 inches tall. I had a product called that stuck it straight up. My parents were not that happy, but that was where my mindset was.You can’t have one goal because if you do, you’re going to run into a standstill. Click To Tweet
Fast forward back in 2010, my sister and I had finished doing a unicycling parade, which at the time was exciting because everyone was looking at me and my Mohawk. It was crazy. Towards the end of that unicycle ride, it started to rain. The parade got done. We loaded up the unicycles and started the ride home. On the way back home, we were on some highway next to the Campbell River in Ohio which has a series of S curves. With it being a complete downpour, my mom driving went around one of the curves and the car hydroplanes. From that hydroplane, it went off the road, hit a ditch, hit a telephone pole and back into the ditch.
That’s good and bad. It’s good that it hit the ditch because if it had gone the other way, we would have gone off to the edge and into the river. The bad part was I was in this part of the car where the telephone pole decided to kiss it. That wasn’t fun for me. I blacked out on impact. My mom and sister were able to get out of the vehicle without any injuries whatsoever other than being shaken up and seatbelt burn. I’m stuck in this car. I’m unconscious. From what I’m told, I had to be cut out of the vehicle. When I was cut out of the vehicle, it was determined that I needed immediate medical attention. I got an $8,000 helicopter ride but I still don’t remember. I know it’s exciting.
I had what was called white lights which is you can view things around you but you can’t see anything. I don’t remember talking to any of the doctors. I don’t remember the CAT scans, MRI, any of that stuff. I do remember waking up. After asking a series of questions. I ask if I could get up, eat and leave. It’s funny because I’d answer all three of those questions with the resounding no. I had sustained massive trauma, multiple broken bones, the entire side of my face was bruised. What I didn’t know at the time was I had significant nerve damage as well as I was in a neck brace and a lot of other variables. That was crazy because everyone and even the nurses were telling me, “Normally, people in the car accident that I was in, they don’t make it out alive.”
The fact that I was even able to be there was much, in their terms, a miracle. After talking to the nurse and I spent the night there, no surprise to that, the nurse told me, “Essentially, we put all this effort into you to keep you alive because your life is worth something. You might as well do something with it. It’s going to make it even better.” From that point, I decided that I wanted to change everything. I decided that I don’t need to be in this rubble anymore. I want to turn everything around, start being productive, help people and have the mission to help my family. The next day, the helicopter pilot gives me a teddy bear. I still have it to this day but I had no idea who he was. He also shared with me that I should have been dead.
He’s a little bit politically correct when he said that but still, at this point, he made his way home there. From that point forward, I decided to do everything that I could to get out of the hospital and get better. As soon as I got out of the hospital, that day I had a new haircut, new hairstyle, changed my clothes, changed my friends, started exercising and got myself to a completely different level. What I didn’t know walking out was that I had nerve damage in my leg, what that exact nerve damage was the tibia in my left knee had moved enough to pinch my sciatic nerve which is a nerve that goes from your toe to the middle of your back. It’s excruciatingly painful. Some people have called it similar to that of childbirth. I can’t say that for sure because I’m not that. After a few months of my leg being completely numb, I found a way to alleviate some of the pain. I also found four principles that helped shape my life in such a way that I’m now living an impossible life. Would you like me to share with you those four principles?
I would love that.
The first principle is to have multiple goals. You can’t have one goal because if you do, you’re going to run into a standstill. The second principle is to have a why greater than yourself. If you’re doing something solely for yourself, it’s easy to get sidetracked or lose your motivation. The third principle is to master what’s called a B principle. It’s a creative way to balance, “Am I focusing so much on the past than I’m losing focus on people?” The fourth principle is to kick the ball forward which is in layman’s terms, if you want to score a goal, you have to kick the ball and have to move forward.
Using those four principles, I was able to recover 98% from my car accident and connect with people like Moneeka all around the world who have incredible energy, who are passionate about helping people. That was part of my mission after that point. I met Henry Gold and I discovered that when you take something that’s not all focused on yourself, you find someone else’s dream or someone else’s passion and what they’re doing in their world that can inspire somebody else, there’s no other feeling like that. To be able to share that story with somebody else to inspire somebody else to say, “No matter what’s going on in your life, somebody else has already had it or had it worse. You can bounce back from it, no matter what’s going on.”
You are a perfect example of that. I like how you told that story with a big smile on your face the entire time. That was horrifying.
I was rather terrified at the moment. From that experience, I don’t like being in hospitals. It wasn’t that fun because realizing that you have lost all control in an instant like this. The last thing I remember was sitting in a car and that we were going to go to a banquet because my brother and I had placed second in the state of Ohio for being the best chap shoes in the state. We were going forward with that career opportunity. Being in that car accident changed everything because now with broken bones in my hand, I wasn’t able to practice. I wasn’t able to get back to where I was as quickly as I needed to be. It changed the dynamics of what matters because when you’re in the middle of a hospital or better yet if you all of a sudden lose your breath, have shortness of breath, you’re not thinking about, “Is this person going to call me? Is this person going to text me? Is this deal going to close?”
All you’re focusing on is, “How do I get there and into me?” At the end of the day, going through that traumatic experience helps re-evaluate or re-align the paradigm to realize what matters in your life. If it’s something that only you want to focus on or something that other people can also get behind you on that you’re helping more than just yourself, where you can leave a legacy. Moneeka, you have an incredible legacy and you’re still working on it. You’ve written 2 or 3 books now. You’re impacting over 100 million people. That is a legacy that no one else can take away from you. You’re doing it because you care and want to share with other people.
Absolutely.If you want to score a goal, you have to kick the ball and have to move forward. Click To Tweet
Ladies, we’re about to know more about how to implement those four keys in EXTRA. Donavon, can you tell us a little bit about what you’re up to and how my ladies can reach you if they want to?
The best way to reach me is through Facebook. Look up @DonavonHunteman. I’m on another passion project of helping business owners, marketers and as many people as possible because with everything going on in the world, I’m realizing that more people are suffering. As a result, more people need help. It’s not a shame to ask for help. What I do is help anyone and everyone who wants to grow their business, whether that’s an email list, an affiliate product or even a physical business. The best way to explain it is I am a solo ads provider. The best way to explain that is if you had a mall and you wanted to go shopping but you don’t know what store to shop in or better yet, if you’re a store owner and you have your store inside of this huge mall of millions of stores and you were just one small one, what I do is I get customers the number that you want.
If you want 750 customers to stand in front of your door, I get 750-plus people to stand in front of your storefront to see what you have in the windows. Most likely, more than half of them are going to walk into your store and buy something. That’s what I do because if you don’t have somebody at least even looking at your storefront, they’re not going to know you exist and you’re not going to make any money. You’re going to go out of business. What I do is helping business owners maintain and grow so that they can reach more people and provide even more value and even more service for other people.
How can people get more in touch with you and find out more about it?
The best way is Facebook but in finding out more about solo ads, look up MyLimitlessTraffic.com.
Thank you so much for that. I’ve got one question for you to close the show. What is one daily practice that you would say contributes to your personal success?
I have two things. Because of my car accident and how I had to bounce back from that, the two things that I had to do, first of all, prior to the car accident, I could touch my toes with my legs fully extended. After that car accident, I could not even touch my knees. I was not that happy about it at the time but over time, I’ve learned to become grateful for it because it instilled a new level of discipline where I’m exercising daily, stretching. I’m working on my body. That way, I don’t have to experience that extreme pain anymore and I can become better than what I was yesterday. The second thing that I do almost every day is I read some books. To work on your body, you got to work on your mind. As Albert Einstein says, “Whatever type of problem that the thinking creates, you can’t use that same type of thinking to solve that problem.” Reading your books is a great way to solve a problem.
Donavon, this has been amazing. Thank you so much for everything you’ve shared on this portion of this show.
You’re most welcome. I’m so thrilled to be here.
Ladies, we’ve got more coming from Donavan. He’s going to be talking about, in more depth, the four keys to living an impossible life. Impossibly amazing. He’s going to be talking about that in EXTRA. If you are already subscribed to EXTRA, stay tuned, we got more. If you’re not but would like to be, go to RealEstateInvestingForWomenEXTRA.com. You can subscribe there. You get the first seven days for free so you can get this EXTRA and as many others as you can download in seven days. Either you can stay subscribed if you love it or not. No obligation. Thank you so much for reading. Remember, goals without action are just dreams. Get out there, take action and create the life your heart deeply desires.
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Moneeka Sawyer is often described as one of the most blissful people you will ever meet. She has been investing in Real Estate for over 20 years, so has been through all the different cycles of the market. Still, she has turned $10,000 into over $5,000,000, working only 5-10 hours per MONTH with very little stress.
While building her multi-million dollar business, she has traveled to over 55 countries, dances every single day, supports causes that are important to her, and spends lots of time with her husband of over 20 years.
She is the international best-selling author of the multiple award-winning books “Choose Bliss: The Power and Practice of Joy and Contentment” and “Real Estate Investing for Women: Expert Conversations to Increase Wealth and Happiness the Blissful Way.”
Moneeka has been featured on stages including Carnegie Hall and Nasdaq, radio, podcasts such as Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod, and TV stations including ABC, CBS, FOX, and the CW, impacting over 150 million people.